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Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011

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55Application to justice of the peace

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(1)A person may apply to a justice of the peace for an order in respect of a child—

(a)requiring any person in a position to do so to produce the child to a specified person,

(b)authorising the removal of the child by the specified person to a place of safety and the keeping of the child in that place,

(c)authorising the prevention of the removal of the child from any place where the child is staying.

(2)A justice of the peace may make an order under this section if—

(a)the justice of the peace is satisfied of—

(i)in a case where the applicant for the order is a local authority, the matters mentioned in section 38(2)(a) to (d), or

(ii)in a case where the applicant for the order is a local authority or any other person, the matters mentioned in section 39(2)(a) and (b), and

(b)the justice of the peace is satisfied that it is not practicable in the circumstances for an application for a child protection order to be made to or considered by the sheriff.

(3)As soon as practicable after the making of the order, the applicant must inform—

(a)the Principal Reporter,

(b)the person specified in the order under subsection (1)(a) (unless the person is the applicant).

(4)The order ceases to have effect at the end of the period of 12 hours beginning with the making of the order if—

(a)where the order authorises the removal of the child to a place of safety, the child has not been taken, or is not being taken, to that place within that period,

(b)where the order authorises the prevention of the removal of the child from a place where the child is staying, arrangements have not been made within that period to prevent that removal.

(5)Otherwise, the order ceases to have effect on the earlier of—

(a)the end of the period of 24 hours beginning with the making of the order, or

(b)the determination by the sheriff of an application to the sheriff for a child protection order in respect of the child.

(6)The Principal Reporter may, by giving notice to the applicant, terminate the order if—

(a)the Principal Reporter is satisfied that the conditions for the making of an order under this section are no longer satisfied, or

(b)the Principal Reporter is satisfied that it is no longer in the best interests of the child for the order to continue to have effect.

(7)In subsection (1), “specified” means specified in the order.

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